Medtech in a Minute: Feeling the Coronavirus Pinch, J&J's Apple Study, and More

Pressed for time? Here's the medtech news you need most, in one minute or less.

Amanda Pedersen

February 28, 2020

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Medtech in a Minute: Feeling the Coronavirus Pinch, J&J's Apple Study, and More
We know your time is precious so we've drilled down the three most important medtech stories from the past week. But feel free to click the headline to read beyond the blurb.Image by OpenClipart-Vectors on Pixabay

Coronavirus Hurts Big Medtech's Bottom Line 

As the Chinese healthcare system focuses on containing the spread of the coronavirus, medical device companies doing business in China are seeing lower procedure volumes, which means lower-than-expected revenue in the first quarter. Boston Scientific, for example, expects the virus to lower first-quarter revenue by $10 million to $40 million.

J&J and Apple Have Big Hopes for Heartline Study

Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceutical unit and Apple opened enrollment for the Heartline Study, which aims to secure up to 150,000 participants. The study is designed to find out if the Heartline Study app on iPhone and heart health features on Apple Watch can improve health outcomes, including reducing the risk of stroke, with earlier detection of atrial fibrillation.

Senseonics 'Promises' to Go the Distance in CGM

Seenseonics will soon complete its PROMISE study, which is designed to evaluate the Eversence continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device in patients who had the device inserted subcutaneously for 180 days. Now, FDA is allowing the company to keep a subgroup of study patients using the device for a total of one year. This will help the compan gather feasibility data on the safety and accuracy of the 365-day Eversense sensor.

About the Author(s)

Amanda Pedersen

Amanda Pedersen is a veteran journalist and award-winning columnist with a passion for helping medical device professionals connect the dots between the medtech news of the day and the bigger picture. She has been covering the medtech industry since 2006.

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